Today, Gorno-Altaisk State University has a good sports complex intended for health-improvement and training, as well as for competitions in various kinds of sports that provide vocational training for high-class athletes. At the university, the following are available:

For the realization of sports activities and the development of physical education and sports among students, teachers, and university employees, the sports club "Petrel," which holds competitions in various kinds of sports among the departments, recruits national teams of university students for participation in the international, All-Russia, and regional competitions, and organizes work in sports sections.

Nowadays there are sections of 12 kinds of sports at the university: volleyball, basketball, table tennis, mini-football, cross-countries, kettlebell lifting sports, rafting, a rowing slalom, gymnastics, mountain skiing, chess, and polyathlon.

The tourist clubs "Horizons" and "Russian extreme" actively work at the university. Their participants make fascinating trips to the most remote corners of the Altai Republic.

For those who wish to become strong, dexterous, and skilful, to study military science, basics of martial arts, and survival secrets in extreme conditions, the youth military-patriotic club "LEOPARD" ("Fighting Army System") is available at the university.